- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 27-year-old St. Louis paralegal has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in connection with a phony bribery scheme involving a client.

Jillian Nichols was sentenced Thursday in a case that led to the resignation of a top St. Louis County prosecutor. She pleaded guilty in July to one count of wire fraud and one count of lying to the FBI.

Nichols was accused of promising a client facing a sexual assault charge preferential treatment in exchange for $10,000. Federal prosecutors say no such bribe was ever offered, and the assistant county prosecutor who later resigned had no knowledge of Nichols’ scam.

Prosecutors say Nichols also claimed to have planted favorable evidence on the defendant’s cellphone while paying a forensic expert to testify in support of the client.

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